Report: ‘High threat’ border arrests off target
Drivers in Texas busted for drunken driving, not paying child support or low-level drug offenses are among thousands of “highthreat” criminal arrests being counted as part of a nearly $1 billion mission to secure the border with Mexico, an Associated Press analysis has found.
Having once claimed that conventional crime data don’t fully capture the dangers to public safety and homeland security, the Texas Department of Public Safety classified more than 1,800 offenders arrested near the border by highway troopers in 2015 as “high threat criminals.”
But not all live up to that menacing label or were anywhere close to the border, as Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has suggested.
In response to the AP’s findings, the Department of Public Safety said it will recommend removing child-support evaders from the list and signaled a willingness to stop classifying other arrests as “high threat.”